A pair of Allentown men are facing theft and robbery charges after allegedly crashing a car Monday morning that they stole hours earlier.
Authorities charged Saul E. Arteaga Jr., 21, and David M. DeJesus-Lewis, 22, with a host of charges related to the strong-arm robbery in the 800 block of West Green Street. District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned them Monday night, setting bail for Arteaga at $85,000 and at $50,000 for DeJesus-Lewis.
The victim reported that two unknown men approached him near his West Green Street home about 1 a.m. Monday, demanding his car keys. One man grabbed the keys and the two ran away.
The victim called police about 7:30 a.m. to report that the two men later identified as Arteaga and DeJesus-Lewis had returned to steal his 2000 Saturn, according to court records. Authorities eventually found the car in the 600 block of Bryan Street about 9:30 a.m., and detectives with the Lehigh County Auto Theft Task Force set up surveillance.
Police said Arteaga and DeJesus-Lewis eventually drove off and were spotted in the 600 block of North Penn Street by Allentown police. They allegedly tried to outrun police and crashed into a garage at the rear of a home in the 500 block of North Fourth Street.
Arteaga and DeJesus-Lewis were captured after a brief foot chase.
During an interview with police, Arteaga allegedly admitted to serving as a lookout while DeJesus-Lewis stole the victim’s keys. DeJesus-Lewis allegedly admitted that he did demand the victim’s keys.
Police charged Arteaga, of the 200 block of West Tilghman Street, with felony counts of robbery, conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and fleeing police, misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and reckless driving and driving without a license.
DeJesus-Lewis, of the 400 block of North Second Street, faces felony counts of robbery, conspiracy, theft and receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Neither man posted bail; they were sent to Lehigh County Jail to await preliminary hearings tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26.